Coronavirus Cases Take Off As Thanksgiving Travelers Congregate At DIA

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Social distancing isn’t easy at DIA But beyond enforcement, some travelers say social distancing is virtually impossible in one heavily traveled route through the airport. In October, Kurt Papenfus, an emergency room doctor in rural Colorado, came through DIA, taking the train to the main terminal.  “There are people literally like inches from me and we’re all crammed like sardines in this train and I’m going, ‘Oh my God, I am in a super spreader event right now,’” he said. He estimates he spent 15 to 20 minutes in a crowd funneled through the train up the escalator to baggage. Though people wore masks, “with the construction at the airport right now, you can’t just run away and get away from those people … herding altogether in a big little herd with all your COVID from all over the country,” he said. A week after that, Papenfus tested positive and then was hospitalized with COVID-19. He suspects he caught it at DIA. Papenfus said he has now filed a complaint with the airport and written to Gov. Jared Polis and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. “As it stands, DIA is an extremely dangerous place,” reads Papenfus’ letter. “This an extremely dangerous problem that needs …

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